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Petros Klampanis

Bassist/composer Petros Klampanis has absorbed a vibrant palette of colors over the course of a varied musical life journey, including Mediterranean and Balkan folk music of his native Greece, classical colorings of studies in Athens, Amsterdam and New York City, and vibrant splashes of musical pigment developed on the diverse NYC jazz scene through collaborations with such innovators as Greg Osby, Jean-Michel Pilc, Shai Maestro, Oded Tzur and Ari Hoenig. On Chroma, his third album as a leader and Motéma Music debut, Klampanis explores the colors of human character, inspired by world events and personal experience. Chroma, the Greek word for “color,” masterfully employs a full spectrum of sonic colors to paint an introspective and emotionally daring artistic statement. His first large ensemble project melds the animated expressions of the composer’s jazz quintet (piano, bass, drums, guitar and percussion) complemented by lush, classically-arranged strings to create a near symphonic work of modern jazz. “This project arose from a question,” Klampanis explains. “What are the elements that compose each one of us, our personal characters, our individuality? The first answer that came to my mind is that character is composed of all the emotions, the thoughts and ideas, the fantasies and experiences that we have in our lifetimes. If we were to assign each of these elements a single color, then every one of us could be seen as a unique composition of colors, the mix of which results in our own, very personal shade.” Klampanis’ personal shade is a rich blend of colors whose expressive highlights have shined especially brightly during the making of this album. He explains that Chroma was born of a period of personal turmoil and self-examination. The end of a romantic relationship coincided with a number of other changes in the bassist’s life and in the world at large, leading, he says, to “an introspective period where I was spending time and energy thinking of the reasons that lead me, and other people, to take certain decisions, to think of what we think and to be who we are.” Given his origins, Klampanis was also influenced by the turbulent events roiling the world, from economic stresses that hit particularly close to home in his native Greece, to his immigrant’s natural empathy for the refugee crises in Syria and across the Middle East. Processing these global events, Klampanis’ views on the human experience came into extreme clarity and were translated into Chroma as a riveting, synesthetic experience for listeners.

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"A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual" Jazztimes "Magical performance", Difono Music Magazine, April 2010. "A true discovery", Die Rheinpfalz, May 2010. "Contextual is an amazing project" Greg Osby Excellent writing and playing. I love Petros' aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing Drew Gress, "Contextual is one of the most exciting projects I have heard from a bassplayer in years. The writing and playing is excellent, with an excellent sound and a wide spectrum of musical ideas" Arild Andersen "I admit that I am always impressed when I hear a musician like Klampanis give us the gift of his creativity performed on such a timeless vessel" Bass Musician Magazine "Klampanis plays solo bass with a loop pedal to create a “double bass orchestra” on “Basscope” and “Blue Cave,” which are done so masterfully that you’d think it was a full symphony" No Treble Magazine.

Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic


New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Bass , electric or upright, is the heart of a group and good bassists are the most in-demand instrumentalists. Bass moves on the border of rhythm, melody and harmony, it is the most foundational, challenging and charming instrument, no matter what style of music. Good bass players can inspire their fellow musicians and elevate the performance of the whole band, whereas bad bassists condemn the music to mediocrity. It might be hard to make it sound beautiful in the beginning, but I can promise that together we are going to speed up this process. Advanced students will learn more about rhythm, harmony, soloing, playing with a band as well as composing. The topics we are going to cover are: ear training, rhythm/groove, theory, harmony, soloing in various styles, sound, group playing, composition, arranging. Lessons can take place either at my house, at your place or through Skype. Price: 60$ per hour lesson. TEACHING EXPERIENCE: -Guest Teacher at the Oberlin Music College. -Guest Teacher at the Corfu University of Music (Greece) "Petros Klampanis - In addition to his bass virtuosity, he is also a fantastic composer, arranger, and a dedicated teacher. He has pioneered new teaching techniques for music performance to his students with diverse musical needs. Aside from having a world-class education, he has performed with notable jazz performers, and actively leads his own groups, and an active part of the bustling NYC jazz scene. He is a world-class act, having played and toured the U.S. and Europe. Petros is a real gem teacher, he has taught me new things, and put my music in the right track. He is a real inspiration, deep with a reservoir of knowledge, and always ready to give and share it to his students. I am happy and real lucky to find a good teacher in him, an all- terrain, good guy, clean and fun loving." Art-40

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


ECM Records


Hard Bop




Enja Records



Motéma Music


Minor Dispute

Inner Circle Music


Regarding the Moon

From: Regarding the Moon
By Petros Klampanis


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